It’s been six years since I started writing full-time, so I thought I’d share some of the things that I’ve noticed over the years in this post here.
I have a feeling you won’t know some of them. And I’d love your input, so please feel free to share something you’ve learned too!
P.S. Medium has been changing things like crazy. I wrote a short post about it here, and it’s gotten some serious traction.
I’ve been writing now for over six years as a full-time job. Last year I shared a few insights about things that I’ve learned to help writers get started. But today I want to dig even deeper and share some facts with you that are easy to forget today.
I know this sounds extreme, but think about it: what do people see first? The cover. And first impressions really matter. If your cover is not professional, clear, and compelling, people will not pick up your book. Human beings do in fact judge a book by its cover.
You can think of the cover as the door to your book. If the cover is not fantastic, no one is going to go in the door. This doesn’t mean don’t write a great book — write a great book too. …
Medium has implemented a lot of changes over the last week. New personal profile designs, writers on the front page now (finally) have their names listed and a new logo was launched.
But what concerns me most is the new logo.
When I first saw the logo, I thought my webpage had an error and didn’t fully load.
Clearly, I’m not alone.
This logo is so bad it makes me question everything about Medium. It appears logic and common sense have gone out the window.
Why would I say something that extreme?
Because if your branding isn’t clear, you failed.
It appears Medium is just changing things to change them, and there is no clear vision. …